Albertian Matthew Battley is the 2013 Xterra Trail Running Junior (U20) World Champion after completing a grueling 21km circuit in Hawaii in an impressive time of 1hr 29:57 on 24 November.
Matthew, who completed his schooling at MAGS in 2012, was the first New Zealander home, and overall finished 8th in a field of more than 800 runners from around the world.
The World Championship course at Kualoa Ranch on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu skirts tropical rain forest and mountains, made famous by movies such as Jurassic Park. Matthew also had to contend with steep mountain climbs and descents, as well as intense tropical heat and humidity. He is pictured below second from left with fellow Kiwi competitors Mark Battley (his father) and Leah and Nick Hirschfeld.
While at school Matthew was in the MAGS Distance Team and won the 2012 Auckland Xterra Trail Series. He won again this year, and his Albertians' Team, called the MAGSnificent, won the Team competition. Matt went on to win his division of the Xterra National Trail Championships in Waihi on October 19, making him New Zealand Under 20 Trail Running Champion. He placed second overall in all divisions.
MAGS congratulates Matthew on his latest outstanding success.
John Massy Stacpoole was inducted into the Mount Albert Grammar School Hall of Distinction on October 14.
Mr Stacpoole, a noted heritage architect, historian, author and philanthropist, was made made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his work in the conservation of historic buildings.
The Hall of Distinction honours Albertians for their community achievements. Members include artist Sir Peter Siddell, gold medal runner Sir Peter Snell and judge Mick Brown.
Mr Stacpoole, pictured with Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Greg Moyle, attended MAGS from 1932-1935, excelling academically and representing the school in middle-distance running and in the Hockey First XI, before heading to the University of Auckland to gain a degree in architecture.
Mr Stacpoole went on to supervise the restoration of many of New Zealand's historic buildings, including the Waimate Mission House, Government House in Auckland and Alberton. A more detailed summary of his career and philanthropy is here.
In receiving his induction from Mr Moyle at assembly on 14 October, Mr Stacpoole said he greatly valued the distinction.
"One can receive awards and commendations as one goes through life, but one's old school is very special indeed. I only have to look at the other people who have been inducted into this Hall to know what an honour this is."
Mr Stacpoole also had a message for the students witnessing his induction.
"You are at the beginnings of your lives and I am very near to the end of mine, but I will just tell you this. Let your talents work for you, work for them, have good friends and a little bit of ambition, and you'll come right."
On 26 September, 2013, a number of distinguished old boys gathered at School House for the 40 th anniversary Quarterly Lunch. Graham Burgess (pictured left), who attended the first lunch at the Newmarket Club, was among them, as was former Headmaster Greg Taylor.
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Teams that won gold last week at the World Youth Netball Cup held in Glasgow, and the Under-23 Underwater Hockey World Championships in Hungary, included MAGS students who graduated last year.
In the netball final on Saturday, 31 August, New Zealand beat Australia 52-47. Among the players were Erikana Pedersen and Nadia Loveday, two stars of MAGS' Premier team in 2012.
The under-23 underwater hockey team also played Australia in their final on 29 August, beating them 4-2. The New Zealand team included Danyon Kemp (pictured right) and Matt Trevalyan, who played for MAGS until last year. Danyon is still with us as coach of the Premier girls' team. Also in the New Zealand team were Albertians Cali Manly (2006-2011) and Logan Kemp (2004-2008). More ...
Jordan Smith, a student at MAGS from 2004-2006, has won the 2013 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year award. Jordan, 22, grew up in West Auckland but says he always wanted to be a farmer, so applied to attend the only Auckland school that had a farm on its campus, Mt Albert Grammar.
Several of New Zealand's top men and women have been honoured in this year's Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards.
Acknowledging inspiring leaders from all walks of life, the awards were established in honour of the late Sir Peter Blake, widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most recognised leaders.
At a ceremony in the Auckland Town Hall last night, Judge Michael "Mick" Brown was awarded the premium award, the Blake Medal by Lady Pippa Blake, Sir Peter's widow and patron of the trust.
It is with sadness that we inform you of the recent passing of celebrated jazz musician Murray McNabb. Click here for an excellent article in the New Zealand Listener about the notable Albertian
Albertian Portia Woodman has been in outstanding form during the World Cup Sevens tournament in Moscow. During the final, after which Portia was named the top try scorer of the tournament, she scored two tries to contribute to the winning score of 29-12 over Canada.
On Saturday 22 June, 2013, Steven Luatua (at school 2005-2009) made his All Black debut in the third test match against France at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. The All Blacks won the match 24-9 and won the test series 3-0.
Twenty-two year old Steven is Mount Albert Grammar Schools 14th All Black and the 1121st All Black to represent New Zealand. He is also the 121st Albertian to reach National Sporting Honours and his name will go up onto the Honours Board on the stage in the FW Gamble Hall during the July holidays. The number 21 features strongly in Stevens list of achievements. Steven was a member of the AKSS winning MAGS rugby team in 2007 and 2009.
The Mount Albert Grammar School All Blacks are:
Victor Butler, 1928, 1 match
Ronald Bush, 1931, 1 test
Dave Solomon, 1935-1936, 8 matches
Mick Bremner, 1952-56, 2 tests, 16 matches
Rod Heeps, 1962, 5 tests, 5 matches
Ron Urlich, 1970-73, 2 tests, 33 matches
Bryan Williams, 1970-78, 38 tests, 75 matches
Mark Brooke-Cowden, 1986-87, 3 tests, 3 matches
Joe Stanley, 1986-91, 27 tests 22 matches
Matthew Ridge, 1989, 6 matches
Olo Brown, 1990-98, 56 tests, 13 matches
Andrew Blowers, 1996-99, 11 tests, 7 matches
Sonny Bill Williams, 2010, 19 tests
Steven Luatua, 2013, 1 test
In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013 it was announced that Bryan Williams (1962-1967) had been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to rugby.
His rugby playing career had it genesis in Eugene Cheriton's First XV teams. He also played cricket for the First XI, was Senior Athletics Champion for two years, a prefect for two years and Victor Ludorum in 1967.
His All Black career took off in spectacular fashion in the 1970 tour of South Africa. He played 113 All Black matches including 38 tests, at a time when there were fewer tests than in the professional era. His last game in the black jersey was against the Barbarians in late 1978. He scored a try, his 65 th as an All Black. He was named Player of the Decade by a panel of rugby writers in 1980.
Bryan's work as an administrator for the game has been prodigious (not a word he himself would use). He has coached many teams, most notably Manu Samoa, he has been a tireless worker for the Ponsonby Rugby Club and recently retired from his position as Director of the School's Rugby Academy where he nurtured junior players.
He was appointed President of the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2011.
Bryan, who is a qualified lawyer and practiced as a sole solicitor, was created a Member of the British Empire in 1980 for services to (no surprise) rugby. His new award is two notches above that.
Dear Albertians, Parents and Friends of the School,
You can contribute to the ongoing development of the School in many ways.
Giving to the Foundation will provide funds for the development and improvement of the school facilities for current and future generations of students.
Each of us has benefited, either directly or indirectly, from the educational opportunities that Mount Albert Grammar School has to offer. Now is our time to act for the benefit of present and future students.
The Foundation will support the School in many ways that would not otherwise be achievable through operational funding from the Ministry of Education, e.g.
- special staffing assistance awards
- special purpose projects and activities
You can support Mount Albert Grammar School by making a tax-deductible donation to the foundation and by participating in the Foundation's Bequest Programme, which will enable you to leave a lasting legacy for the benefit of the School for future generations.
Mr Tim Kay
Director of Advancement
Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation
Phone: (09) 8154 034
Mobile: 021 636803
(09) 8642 042
Mount Albert Grammar School
Click here to download the 2013 Albertians membership form.
The Albertians Association has established a member benefit system. Payment of the annual Albertians' activity fee entitles members to benefit from a growing range of discounts and specialties.
These include products and services from Vodafone, Scenic Circle Hotels, Budget Rental Cars, Forte Career Design, New Zealand Financial Planning, Unimed Medical Health Insurance and Select Travel.
There are two initiatives you may wish to consider. We are looking for Albertians who would be prepared to mentor students. The School is also building a register of Albertians who have businesses with products and services the School could potentially use.
Click here for more details.
Past students are encouraged to join the Albertians Association which organises several events and initiatives each year.
Each year, a prominent ex-pupil is honoured by the Association for significant community service or professional or sporting achievement. Past winners have included current Chairman of the Board of Trustees Greg Moyle, novelist, poet and critic C.K. Stead, All Black Olo Brown and Brian Murphy the School Archivist.
In addition, the Hall of Distinction was established in 1997 as part of the 75th Jubilee celebrations. Membership of the Hall is an honour for past masters of the school who have significantly contributed to the spirit of the School and to Albertians in recognition of their efforts and achievements in the community. More...
Please remember, past students are always welcome to visit the School. Brian Murphy, the School Archivist, will be happy to show you around all the new facilities.
If you have any news of fellow Albertians or memorabilia you would like the School to have, please pass these on to Brian Murphy. We are always on the lookout for information on our past pupils.
All members of the association receive the school's
Quarterly magazine which is published at the end of each term.
The Quarterly includes Corridors, the newsletter of the